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Deliciously Organic: Simple Sides

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Simple Sides

I don't know how you are, but I am one of those who will find a new recipe, get very excited and cook it for dinner and then realize at the last minute I forgot to make some sides. I am always trying to find and create new, fast side dishes that can be thrown together in minutes. Today I am going to share with you two of my favorites. Really, it almost seems funny to say that they are "recipes" because they are so simple.

The first recipe is Grilled Halloumi with Oregano. I don't know if you are familiar with halloumi, and if you have never tried it, please, pick some up at the market the next time you go. This cheese was introduced by a dear friend of mine whom I met when she and her husband were here on exchange from the UK. We were living in CA at the time at an air force base in the middle of no where (literally) and every few weeks Sue and I would pack up our kids and drive into L.A. and spend our day talking about organic cooking and visit the markets. I can't tell you how many hours we spent roaming the isles of Whole Foods seeing what new items we could find. One day we came to the cheese section and she asked if I had ever tried halloumi. I hadn't, so she bought me some and showed told me how to cook it. This cheese is a firm and salty and can be eaten straight out of the package but I love eating it warm. My kids call it "squeaky" cheese because it squeaks when you chew it.

The second recipe is Sauteed Broccoli. It is a simple and easy way to cook broccoli and literally it takes less then five minutes.

Grilled Halloumi with Oregano
serves 4

1 package halloumi
1-2 Tablespoons coconut oil
olive oil to drizzle
3 sprigs of fresh oregano, chopped
juice of half a lemon
sea salt and pepper

Slice halloumi in thick 1/4-inch slices and place on a dish. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat your grill on medium heat and coat cooking grate with coconut oil so the cheese won't stick. (you can do this by taking a wad of paper towels and sipping them in oil and then rubbing them on the grate). Grill the halloumi for a minute or two per side, until golden brown. Take off the heat and drizzle with olive oil, spritz with lemon juice and sprinkle with oregano.

Quick Sauteed Broccoli
serves 4

2 crowns broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
sea salt and pepper
juice of half a lemon

In a large saute pan heat coconut oil over medium high heat. Add broccoli and stir continuously for about 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup water to the pan and immediately cover the pan. After 30 seconds take the lid off and stir until all of the water has evaporated. Pour broccoli into a bowl and spritz with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.


Blogger Amy Cantilina said...

Hi my friend! Rebecca posted a link to your blog on face book and I'm so glad she did! Your recipes sound so delicious I can't decide which one to try first! Actualyl right now I'm on a liquid diet (well, really soft mushy things) but soon enough! I'll try them alL!

Thanks for sharing your amazing cooking and food knowledge!


February 11, 2009 at 5:10 AM  

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